Cándido Camero and Bobby Sananbria

Two great gentleman percussionists talking about the fine points of the art.

Cándido Camero is the most recorded conga player in jazz history.

In this interview, Bobby Sananbria interviews him about Cándido’s life in Cuba and New York City and the innovations he brought to percussion.

We covered Cándido and the film about him “Hands of Fire” in a previous … Read more

International Jazz Day – Havana 2017

This year’s headquarters for International Jazz Day is Havana.

With extensive detective work, we managed to find the program.

You can download the English language version here

Lots of interesting stuff, but the thing that jumped out at me more than anything else is this:

On 11 AM on Thursday and Friday (April 27 & 28 respectively) there will be … Read more

Havana: March 2017 – Cuban women in jazz

By marvelous coincidence, Fiesta del Tambor coincided with Cuban Women in Jazz Week.

El Zorra y La Cuarva, Havana’s pre-eminent jazz club, featured a different woman-led band every night during the week of March 6.

The truth is this scheduling only required a little rearranging of Zorra’s schedule since all of these bands already play there regularly when they’re in … Read more

Havana: March 2017 – Jazz is alive and thriving in Havana

We went down to Havana in March to see the Fiesta del Tambor (The Drum Festival.)

We figured a drum festival in Havana had to be amazing, but nothing prepared us for the superabundance of talent and the sheer amount of music offered.

Since Jazz on the Tube is a jazz web site, we’re going to start with the jazz … Read more

Havana: March 2017 – Gilberto Valdés Zequeira

Gilberto Valdés is eight-eight years old this year. We had the wonderful opportunity to meet him and spend some time talking jazz.

Jazz drummer, singer, band leader, producer and educator. Gilberto’s life tells the story of post-war jazz in the United States and Cuba and bridges Cuba’s pre and post-Revolution jazz history.

Havana-born, as a five year old he was … Read more

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